A Crafts Community For Craft Ideas & DIY Projects - Craftster.org
Help | About | Contact | Press | Advertise | Terms | Site Map
Welcome, Guest.
Please login or register.
Random Tip: Join us for fun, contests and discussions on Craftster's Facebook page!
Total Members: 296,712
Currently Running With Scissors:
606 Guests and 18 Users
Home Craftster Community Crafting Articles Craft Tutorials My Craftster Crafting Calendar City Guides Craft Shop


Pages: [1]
Jump to page:
  Show Images Only     Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
Topic: kusudama  (Read 1192 times)
Tags for this thread:  Add new tag
Share the love... Pin it Submit to reddit add to Wists
1+
 
dulcet
Offline Offline

Posts: 547
Joined: 04-Mar-2009

hopscotch on bubble-wrap


View Profile
« on: May 27, 2010 02:22:55 PM »

I saw the kusudama tutorial on foldingtrees quite a while ago, and loved it.  
http://foldingtrees.com/2008/11/kusudama-tutorial-part-1/
It's really simple to do, it just takes time to fold 60 units, then glue them all together.
I used pages from a thrifted Japanese book.



Here you can see the basic unit or petal (farthest right).  You glue five units into a flower.  Then six flowers into a hemisphere.  (I started with papers 4" square.)



Finally, you glue two hemispheres into a ball, traditionally with a string loop for hanging in between, but I used a bamboo skewer instead.  It was tricky getting the two halfs to stay positioned so that all those surfaces were touching while the glue was still wet, so I used bobbypins.



It looks nice in a vase, but in my head I imagine it displayed with the skewer placed between books on a full shelf.  I gave it to a friend for her birthday, and never tried it with the books.

« Last Edit: May 27, 2010 02:23:46 PM by dulcet » THIS ROCKS   Logged

Scholars and artists...differ most importantly in the way their knowledge is come by.  Scholars get theirs with conscientious thoroughness along projected lines of logic; poets...stick to nothing deliberately, but let what will stick to them like burrs where they walk in the fields.
  -Robert Frost
blue_lalita
« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2010 03:04:36 PM »

That is so cool! Very elegant.
THIS ROCKS   Logged
MareMare
Global Moderator
Guest Blogger
Bath and Beauty Moderator

Tutorial Contributor

Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

Soapmakers do it with bubbles
Offline Offline

Posts: 18364
Joined: 25-Apr-2007

Don't be a soap licker


View Profile WWW
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2010 03:09:12 PM »

This is beautiful! Great job!
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Soaps by MareMare Blog Updated! 6/2

~Calling all Quilters! It's time to join the 2014 Quiltalong!~

Love painting your nails? Check out the Awesome Manicure Thread!
CelloBear
« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2010 07:22:04 AM »

I love the way it looks in that vase! I agree, it's a very elegant stand-alone piece.

At first glance I thought the paper was sheet music. I think I may try this with some old music I have... Thanks for the link!
THIS ROCKS   Logged
supersara2001
« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2010 02:53:41 AM »

Thanks for the tutorial. I've not seen something like that before but it's awesome. Will have a go myself soon Smiley
THIS ROCKS   Logged
Threads you might like:
Pages: [1] Jump to page:
  Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
 
Jump to:  



only results with images
include swap threads
advanced search



your ad could be here!

How-To Videos
How to Draw a Sleeping Cat Tutorial
How to Draw Various Comic Figures
How to Draw Abe Lincoln
How to Pour Acrylic Paint
JohnK Explains Cartoon Construction Pt. 2
Latest Blog Articles
Tute Tuesday: Art Pen Case
Sock It To Me!
Meatless Monday: Kale and Edamame Salad

Comparison Shopping




Support Craftster
Become a
Friend of Craftster

Buy Craftster Swag
Buy Craft Supplies
Comparison Shopping

Craftster heartily thanks the following peeps...
Moderators

Follow Craftster...






Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.11 | SMF © 2006-2009, Simple Machines LLC
SimplePortal 2.3.5 © 2008-2012, SimplePortal
Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!

Copyright ©2003-2014, Craftster.org an Internet Brands company.